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Indigenous-led rapid addictions medicine clinic to open this spring

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A culturally safe, Indigenous-led addictions medicine clinic is scheduled to open in Point Douglas this spring.

The Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre (181 Higgins Ave.) will be home to a new rapid access to addictions medicine (RAAM) clinic, the Manitoba government announced Tuesday.

The province will spend $893,000 to establish the clinic, which will operate five days a week with some hours in the late afternoons and early evenings. The clinic is expected to provide up to 2,300 patient visits per year.

“We are committed to advancing reconciliation and we recognize the importance of working collaboratively with Indigenous organizations, rights-holders and community partners to support the mental health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples,” Mental Health and Community Wellness Minister Sarah Guillemard said in a news release.

The clinic is expected to improve accessibility of addictions treatment for people living in the area, which includes a number of emergency shelters.

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